June 1 (14:30 – 16:00 – Plenary Hall A7, next to the CROUS Restaurant)

Orchestrating the Future of Management Education and Research in Europe


Europe has a rich history of management education and its legacy has informed the development of major sectors elsewhere e.g., North America. Its growth in the last 40 years has been significant and management has become the largest part of higher education in some countries e.g., the U.K. Despite this, there has been much criticism about the role and contribution of B-Schools in modern society, especially in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, when much blame was laid at their doors. A few initiatives on “Responsible Management Research and Education” emerged after negative evaluation of the narrow and selfish research focus and of the questionable Education practices in the domain.

So, what of the future? Many scholars believe that we are at a transformational point and that any orchestration of the future of B-Schools should be conducted by ourselves as academicians and not forced upon us by external agencies. Do we play the fiddle as Rome burns?



Moderator/ Panellist:   Peter McKiernan (Strathclyde Business School, UK) 


Peter McKiernan is Professor of Management at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and Dean of the School of Management and Governance at Murdoch University in Australia. His main research focus is on how organisations learn about how their future might unfold and how they might prepare their current strategies to cope. He has been President of the British Academy of Management (BAM) and of the European Academy of Management (EURAM), where he co-founded the journal European Management Review.


Panellists :

Frédérique Alexandre-Bailly (ESCP Europe, France)

Frédérique Alexandre-Bailly is Professor of Management at ESCP Europe, associate dean for students inclusion, chair of the management department and the scientific director of INCLUDEE Research Center (Inclusion, Uniqueness and Diversity in Education and Enterprises). Her research is focused on three areas: autonomy and democracy at work, diversity management and higher education management.


John Bessant (University of Exeter Business School, UK)


John Bessant holds the Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Exeter University where he is also Research Director. His main research interests are: Management of discontinuous innovation; Sustainability and innovation; High involvement innovation.


Thomas Durand (CNAM, France)

Thomas Durand holds the Chair in Strategic Management at CNAM Paris where he is in charge of the Management – Innovation – Prospective Department. His researches focus mainly on Corporate Strategy, Technology and Innovation Management. In 2011, he co-edited "RedesigninManagemenEducationanResearch–ChallenginProposalfroEuropeaScholars".


Anne –Wil Harzing (Middlesex University, UK)

Anne–Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management at Middlesex University. Her research’s interests include international HRM, expatriate management, HQ-subsidiary relationships, cross-cultural management, transfer of HRM practices, the role of language in international business, the international research process, and the quality and impact of academic research.


Denise M. Rousseau (Carnegie Mellon University, US)

Denise M. Rousseauis the H.J. Heinz II University Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III College and the Tepper School of Business. She is the faculty director of the Institute for Social Enterprise and Innovation and chair of Health Care Policy and Management program. She founded the “Evidence-Based Management Collaborative”, a network promoting evidence-informed organizational practices and decision making. She is recognized in particular for developing the theory of the psychological contract.